Standard is the Los Angeles based architecture and interior design partnership of architects Jeffrey Allsbrook and Silvia Kuhle. Our projects are guided by identity and culture, reflecting the narrative for which they’re designed. Conscious of architecture’s potential to communicate, from a way of living to a company’s image, our work aspires to provide the setting that expresses the idea.
Settling in Los Angeles after living in Europe and traveling extensively, our experience gives us a distinct perspective on building and site. It is a view that combines an elemental approach to architecture and an open relationship toward the environment. As our practice evolves, this perspective increasingly defines our work. Our projects start with a dialogue about program and purpose, and progress toward their own identity. At every scale, from furniture and interiors to architecture and urban planning, our architecture responds to fundamentals – space, light and materiality. We design from the inside out, in response to a project’s specific conditions and constraints. Views, light, proportion, orientation and materiality guide us to shape and organize volume. Context and terrain; movement through space; and thresholds of variable permeability are consistent themes.
Collaboration and research across disciplines, and across time and culture, is essential to our work. As the craft of building has become increasingly complex, participating in teams of diverse experts challenges us to find solutions that seamlessly integrate complexity. This dialogue is supplemented by our own research. We see history and the world as an illustrated guide to inventive design solutions that are ready for translation. We find inspiration in everything from canonical architecture to indigenous dwellings and applied arts.
Working from Los Angeles, where landscape and site often permeate buildings, we believe that architecture can be landscape-generative rather than landscape displacing. Our work, built and un-built, shows that architecture has the potential to coexist with the organic environment rather than consume it. Beyond merely visual concepts, many of our proposals establish narratives for new ways of living, and illustrate the potential for a transformed experience.
AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Jeffrey Allsbrook, a licensed architect and founding principal of Standard, received a BS in Architecture from the Ohio State University and a Master of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture. He also studied architecture at the Städelschule in Frankurt, Germany and at the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam. Mr. Allsbrook’s built and theoretical work has been featured in numerous publications both nationally and internationally. In addition to his professional work, he is committed to architectural education and research. He maintained a faculty position at the University of Southern California from 1999 to 2009. Mr. Allsbrook has presented lectures on Standard’s work and his research on Le Corbusier, as well as juried reviews at USC, SCI Arc, UCLA, Otis College and Rice University. Prior to forming Standard, Mr. Allsbrook was a designer at Munkenbeck and Marshall in London, and a project architect for Mack Architects in Los Angeles. He is licensed in California, New York, Nevada and Washington.
AIA, LEED AP
Silvia Kuhle, a licensed architect and founding principal of Standard, received her Diploma in architecture from the Technische Universität in Darmstadt, Germany and her Master of Architecture from Columbia University in New York. Ms. Kuhle worked with Morphosis Architects for more than ten years. As Project Manager and Principal, she managed a broad range of award winning educational, institutional, governmental, cultural and residential projects. In 2006 she led the firm’s competition winning design for the Phare Tower in Paris, a 300 meter commercial office building that aims to set new benchmarks for sustainable design while providing an iconic landmark in the Parisian skyline. Ms. Kuhle led many of the firm’s most celebrated projects, including the third phase of the Hypo Alpe-Adria Bank in Klagenfurt, Austria, the Caltrans District 7 Headquarters in Los Angeles and the New Academic Building for the Cooper Union in New York City. As Project Architect, she was responsible for the Long Beach International Elementary School and the Children’s Museum Los Angeles. Ms. Kuhle’s work has been published in A+U, Architectural Record, SOMA, Columbia University Abstract, and SD. Ms. Kuhle taught design studios at UCLA, as well as lectured and juried reviews at SciArc, UCLA, USC and Cornell University.
Eileen is a designer at Standard. She received her Master in Architecture from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Eileen received recoginition and honors during her studies and joined Standard with prior work experience.
Tracy has been leading design teams for residential, cultural, and commercial projects located across the US. She has been with Standard since 2013. Tracy earned a Bachelor in Science from the Washington University, School of Architecture, Magna cum Laude, and a Master of Architecture from Rice University in Houston, Texas. Prior to joining Standard, Tracy worked in architecture and urban planning.
Denisa joined Standard with prior research experience. She received her Master in Architecture from Yale University, School of Architecture and her Bachelor in Structural Engineering (cum laude) from Princeton University, School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Anthony has extensive experience in a full spectrum of architectural design work, particularly in mixed-use, entertainment,and residential. Anthony earned a Master in Architecture in 2011 from Ryerson University, Toronto, with Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Honor Roll and received an Architectural Guild Medal upon graduation. In 2016, Anthony moved from Toronto to Los Angeles with his wife.
Having been with Standard since 2011, Tiara is an experienced member of our leadership team. She has headed up projects ranging from large private homes, various cultural projects, and high end retail stores. Tiara received her BA and Master of Architecture from UCLA. Prior to joining Standard, Tiara gained experience working for Los Angeles based architects and in the studio of artist Doug Aitken.
Mitchell joined Standard with extensive prior experience in Great Britain. He gratuated with honors from the University of Huddersfield, Yorkshire and has traveled internationally.
Andrew is a designer at Standard. Andrew received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Southern California and Master of Architecture from University of California, Los Angeles.
Lena Kohl is a designer at Standard. Lena has prior work experience in Germany, Mexico, and the United States. She graduated with her Bachelor and Master degrees from the Technical University in Munich, Germany, and has received recognition and awards for her work.
Helena joined Standard after completing her Master of Architecture at Southern California Institute of Architecture. She has prior experience in Mexico City and Los Angeles. Helena graduated with honors ‘Magna Cum Laude’ from the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City with a Bachelor of Architecture and Urban Planning.
Mohamed joined Standard with prior national and international working experience including Indonesia, UEA, and Egypt. Mohamed is an experienced designer for residential and commercial projects with knowledge in all design phases. Mohamed graduated from Yale University with a Master of Architecture and received his BS in Architecture from the Ohio State University with honors and distinction.
Emmanuelle joined Standard to pursue her interest to work in the United States. She has expansive prior work experience in Paris, France. Emmanuelle received her Master Degree from the ENSA Paris-Belleville, Paris with highest honors and her Bachelor from the Lycée Montaigne, Paris.
Jihun joined Standard in the summer of 2017. He has prior work experience in Korea. Jihun received his Bachelor of Architecture from the Kyung Hee University with Honors and completed his Master in Architecture at UCLA.
Ruth is one of our 2019 summer interns. Ruth completed her 4th year of undergraduate studies at Cornell University. Ruth has a prior art degree from the Carver Center for Arts and Technology and has receives numerous honors for her studies.
Yifei is a 2019 summer intern at Standard. Yifei graduated with Honors from the University of Waterloo and studied abroad in Rome. She is currently attending SCIArch to receive her Masters of Architecture. Yifei has prior work experience.
Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery
Sean O'Connor Lighting
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
2018 - Modern Spanish Home wins Interior Design Magazine ‘Best of the Year’ Award
2018 - POD Plexus wins Honorable Mention on Architect’s Newspaper Awards
2018 - Modern Spanish Home wins a SCDF Residential Design Award
2017 - Helmut Lang Store wins AIA|LA Citation Design Award
2017 - Helmut Lang Store wins LABC's 47th Architectural Award
2017 - Blu Dot Showroom wins American Architecture Award
2016 - Modern Vernacular House wins 2016 Beverly Hills Design Award
2016 - Salford Meadows Bridge wins American Architecture Award
2016 - Helmut Lang Store is Architizer A+ Award Finalist
2016 - Cat Cube published in Phaidon Nanotecture
2015 - Hourglass Cosmetics is Interior Design's Best of Year Finalist
2015 - Pressed Juicery wins AIA|LA Citation Design Award
2014 - Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery wins the American Architecture Award
2014 - Salford Meadows Bridge wins AIA|LA LA Next Award
2014 - LA Times Interview with Jeff Allsbrook
2014 - Salford Meadows Bridge wins Architizer A+ Award
2014 - Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery is Architizer A+ Award finalist
2013 - Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery wins AIA|LA Merit Design Award
2013 - Interview on DNA